United's 2-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday briefly took them 10 points ahead of City, who responded by beating Arsenal at the Emirates to close the gab back down to seven.
That means it is less than the eight points City hunted down in the space of four matches at the end of last season to secure their first title since 1968 and deprive United of their 20th.
Yet the feeling at Old Trafford remains that the wound was self-inflicted, caused by too much attention being wasted on what was happening down the road.
And this time, with a squad Evra believes is stronger following the arrival of 21-goal Robin van Persie, the France full-back is confident the Red Devils will avoid similar calamity.
"This year we are focusing more on ourselves whereas last year we were more worried about City," Evra told Canal+.
"There was too much focus on what they were going to do in their next game.
"But this year it's about us. By having a good season, we will become the champions.
"We finished last season with the same number of points as the champions and it is obvious we are stronger than last year given the addition of players like Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa."